Banana Bread Smoothie
How do you do breakfast? Craig likes eggs. Every. Single. Morning. Seriously. We rotate between fried eggs and poached ones, sometimes scrambled, and, on mornings we aren’t in a rush, an occasional omelet with seasonal veggies and organic cheese. And toast … always toast and jelly.
Kikki isn’t so steadfast in her breakfast meals. Sometimes she eats leftovers from last night’s dinner. Some days pancakes. And on days when it’s really freakin’ hot outside … smoothies. It’s like all the food groups hidden in a tasty, ice-cold beverage. Win!
One of our current favorite smoothies is this banana bread themed drink. Y’all, seriously, this one is so easy and so good!!
We start this smoothie with raw cashews, hemp seeds, and fresh ginger. (If you don’t have a high powered blender and you’re worried about getting the cashews and hemp seeds smooth, you could use a few tablespoons of raw cashew butter or a bit of plain or vanilla yogurt).
Then we add a bit of water, a date, a frozen banana, fresh kale, and some spices. And ice (not pictured). And then we blend, blend, blend … Super easy, right?
- 2 tbsp raw organic cashews
- 1 tbsp raw organic hemp hearts
- 1 medjool date (remove pit)
- 1 frozen banana
- 5-10 leaves of tuscan kale (smoothie newbies may want to try the lesser amount first)
- 1/4 inch thick slice of fresh ginger
- 1 tsp real vanilla
- dash of cinnamon
- dash of nutmeg
- 1 c water
- 1/2 c ice
- Add the cashews, hemp hearts, ginger, and medjool date to the blender first. Then add water, frozen banana, kale leaves, vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg. Add the ice last.
- Turn your blender to its pre-set "smoothie" setting if you have that option. Otherwise, start blending slowly and increase the speed until everything is completely blended.
- Because of the nuts, seeds, and dates, it may take 1-3 minutes to completely blend this smoothie. (See Notes for info on blending).
- This recipe works beautifully in a Vitamix. It should work equally well in another high speed blender. If you don't have a high powered blender and you're worried about getting the cashews,hemp hearts, or medjool date completely blended, you can omit the nuts/seeds and substitute a few tablespoons of *raw* cashew butter or a few tablespoons of plain or vanilla yogurt. If you omit the medjool date, too, you'll probably want to add a tablespoon or two of honey or maple syrup to sweeten.